Fifth Boeing 747-8 freighter enters flight-test program
EVERETT, Wash., 8 Feb. 2011. Boeing (NYSE: BA) conducted the first flight of the fifth 747-8 Freighter Thursday. The airplane, coded as RC523, took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., for a 3-hour, 30-minute flight before returning to Paine Field. The test flight included a standard 2-hour, 30-minute "B1" flight profile that Boeing conducts on all production airplanes prior to delivery, plus an hour of engineering testing woven into the profile.